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Four Men?s Basketball Players Named to Preseason Naismith Award List
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 11/06/2004
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         Adams, Frye, Shakur and Stoudamire included on the list of 50

 

TUCSON, Ariz. ?- Four University of Arizona men’s basketball players were named as preseason candidates for the Naismith Trophy, it was announced Friday by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.

 

Hassan Adams, Channing Frye, Mustafa Shakur and Salim Stoudamire were among a list of 50 student-athletes named to the award’s preseason watch list.  No school in the nation had as many players included on the list as Arizona.  The list was compiled by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors, which includes leading basketball journalists, coaches and administrators from across the country.

 

Adams, a 6-foot-4 guard from Los Angeles, averaged 17.2 points and 7.3 rebounds per game last year.  The junior shot 54.9 percent from the floor and ranked fifth in the Pac-10 with 1.5 blocked shots per game.  He was an honorable mention all-Pac-10 pick in 2003-04 and earned all-region honors from Basketball Times and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

 

Frye, a 6-foot-11 center from Phoenix, averaged 15.9 points and 7.4 rebounds per game last year.  The senior shot 54.8 percent from the floor and led the Pac-10 with 2.1 blocked shots per game.  He was a first team all-Pac-10 pick in 2003-04 and earned all-region honors from Basketball Times, the United States Basketball Writers Association and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

 

Shakur, a 6-foot-3 guard from Philadelphia, averaged 9.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game last year.  The sophomore shot 51.9 percent from the floor and ranked sixth in the Pac-10 in assists per game.  He was a Pac-10 all-Freshman pick in 2003-04.  Shakur is one of only six sophomores on the Naismith Award list.

 

Stoudamire, a 6-foot-1 guard from Portland, Ore., averaged 16.3 points and 2.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game last year.  The senior shot 45.2 percent from the floor, including 41.5 percent from three-point range, and ranked third in the Pac-10 with 2.69 three-point field goals made per game.  He was an honorable mention all-Pac-10 pick in 2003-04 and earned second team all-region honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

 

The preseason list of 50 will be narrowed to 30 players in January.  Those players, along with others who distinguish themselves throughout the season, will be on the final ballot in March.  The player of the year will be recognized at the NCAA Men’s Final Four in St. Louis in April.

 

The Atlanta Tipoff Club has presented this award annually since 1969.

 

The Wildcats open the regular season on Tuesday, Nov. 16, against San Diego in the first round of the 2004 Cisco Systems Preseason N.I.T.


 

2004-05 Naismith Award Preseason Candidates

Player

Height

Class

Position

School

Hassan Adams

6’4”

Jr.

Guard

Arizona

Sean Banks

6’8”

So.

Forward

Memphis

Brandon Bass

6’8”

So.

Forward

Louisiana State

Andrew Bogut

7’0”

So.

Forward/Center

Utah

Kevin Bookout

6’8”

Jr.

Forward

Oklahoma

Dee Brown

6’0”

Jr.

Guard

Illinois

Taylor Coppenrath

6’9”

Sr.

Forward

Vermont

Paul Davis

6’11”

Jr.

Center

Michigan State

Travis Diener

6’1”

Sr.

Guard

Marquette

Ike Diogu

6’8”

Jr.

Forward/Center

Arizona State

B.J. Elder

6’4”

Sr.

Guard/Forward

Georgia Tech

Daniel Ewing

6’3”

Sr.

Guard

Duke

Raymond Felton

6’0”

Jr.

Guard

North Carolina

Torin Francis

6’11”

Jr.

Forward/Center

Notre Dame

Channing Frye

6’11”

Sr.

Center

Arizona

Francisco Garcia

6’7”

Jr.

Forward

Louisville

John Gilchrist

6’3”

Jr.

Guard

Maryland

Ryan Gomes

6’7”

Sr.

Forward

Providence

Joey Graham

6’7”

Sr.

Forward

Oklahoma State

Justin Gray

6’2”

Jr.

Guard

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